FOUNDER & LEAD ADVOCATE
WHO I AM
I am a professional wedding photographer. I started my career in 2004 and I have loved every single minute. Over time, I found myself being much more than a photographer to my couples. I would guide them through their wedding day, give cues for when to walk down the aisle, show them how to cut the cake, affix boutonnieres, and bustle wedding gowns.
I have made magical wedding moments happen for couples all over the Midwest. Unfortunately, I do not possess the power to be in two places at once, so my ability to help wedding couples was limited by my own availability. I’m beyond thankful for my wonderful team of Advocates, who are able to help spread my message of fun, beautiful weddings that can actually be affordable.
Weddings are now my life. My ultimate goal for my career path in the wedding industry is to someday own an all inclusive wedding organization, complete with venue. I even have a plan to actually obtain this goal. I intend to photograph weddings in all 50 states, so far I’m at 5. Then, I hope to write a book about the experience and then move on to photographing weddings in every English speaking country. Of course, I’ll have to write a book about that, which will hopefully lead to royalty riches beyond my wildest dreams. In reality, I’ll most likely take out a major loan to ultimately accomplish my end goals, but I will at least have those experiences with me as I pay my bills.
WHY I LOVE WEDDINGS
I simply love love. It truly is illusive, and when you find it, it is the most beautiful thing in the world. I completely understand that some couples don’t need “that piece of paper” to symbolize their commitment to one another. But I think a wedding, be it a civil ceremony at the courthouse or a large to-do with half the city in attendance, is a wonderful celebration of love. I’ve been fortunate to work as a wedding photographer for hundreds of couples, and being a part of such a wonderful time in a person’s life is very rewarding for me.
A GREAT WEDDING STORY
I’ve got plenty of great wedding stories, and if you read the blog, you’ll find a few. One of my greatest wedding stories is probably the moment I realized I really needed to form The Wedding Advocates.
I was photographing a relatively small wedding, and was seated for dinner next to a very precocious 8-year old. Even as a photographer, I have always been very involved in the flow of the weddings I photograph, and the serving staff at this particular event weren’t cooperating with the agreed-upon timeline.
When I was finally able to sit down for a moment, this young lady looked up at me and asked, “Are you the boss?”
“Am I the boss of what?” I asked.
“Are you the boss of the wedding?”
“Do I look like someone who should be a boss?” I replied?
“Well, yeah.” Then she went back to eating her cake.
For reasons best left unmentioned, I have always said that if an 8 year old ever gives me life advice, I must take that advice. So, here we are.
Pam: When you’re a kid, you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are gonna be right about that.The Office Season 5 Episode 14/15 “Stress Relief”